The Northwest Creeking Competition was a great event this year and was held on April 20th and 21st. This is my 4th year going and it seems to be getting bigger every year. This year was exciting in particular to me because this was my second competition with ORT (Oregon Rafting Team). Gregory Babikoff and I needed a good placing to stay in the run for a top spot in the Western Whitewater Series. I definitely thought this year was going to be a low water year, but to my surprise it was not! The day this competition has low water is the day the world ends, its never going to happen. But high or low this competition never seems to disappoint, even when it included a small raft going over Sunset backwards with me in it. This year I ran both East Fork Of THe Lewis and Canyon Creek, competing in both in a raft. I tried to do kayak mass start for the East Fork but I didn’t get back in time for the mandatory meeting as the rafts had to take out further down the river. What was a really nice surprise was Evan Garcia decided to come out and race both days and Ill be the first to admit that I was shocked I couldn’t believe it, one of the best creekers in the world came to run one of my back yard runs. It was really cool to see that and I think more pro’s should come and support the local community. A big congratulations to the winners of both days including Evan Garcia who took first on the EFL race. The raffle on Saturday night was one of the best I’ve seen at this competition and after spending a few bucks on raffle ticket I walked away with a NRS knife. That night I saw plenty of trophies, paddles, shoes, and gear given away. But despite win or lose, everyone was walking around having a great time and you could tell by the smiles on their faces.

 

See you on the water,

Jeffery Steehler

 

A special thanks to Next Adventure who provided us with an amazing BBQ and Ninkasi who brought out some beer for all those of age. I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped put on the event, it was a great time and can’t wait for next year.